Ab­sen­tee vot­ing not fi­nalised

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AB­SEN­TEE VOT­ING and cit­i­zen­ship for third-gen­er­a­tion Bar­ba­di­ans are among pro­pos­als “ac­tively” be­ing con­sid­ered by the rul­ing Demo­cratic Labour Party (DLP).

Pro­vi­sions for cast­ing ab­sen­tee bal­lots will not be in place for the up­com­ing gen­eral elec­tion con­sti­tu­tion­ally due in 2018, but Min­is­ter of In­ter­na­tional Busi­ness Donville In­niss made the two dis­clo­sures to pa­trons at the an­nual In­de­pen­dence gala hosted by the Coali­tion for the Bar­ba­dos As­so­ci­a­tion of Cen­tral Florida at Rosen Cen­tral Ho­tel in Or­lando on Satur­day night.

He said the pro­pos­als had not been “to­tally” fi­nalised, but both sug­ges­tions were met with ap­plause from mem­bers of the au­di­ence.

In­niss said the mat­ter of cast­ing over­seas bal­lots was the more com­plex of the two.

“It is a very costly ex­er­cise that means we cer­tainly have to be able to ver­ify a lot of in­for­ma­tion.

“. . . It is a mat­ter that is ac­tively be­ing con­sid­ered be­cause we cer­tainly want the di­as­pora to be . . . a lot more in­volved in what is hap­pen­ing in Bar­ba­dos,” he added.

On the pro­posal to of­fer cit­i­zen­ship to third-gen­er­a­tion Bar­ba­di­ans liv­ing abroad, the min­is­ter said it was im­por­tant to the growth of the econ­omy.

More needed

“We can­not, as a small is­land, say that we want to grow the econ­omy and so­ci­ety, we want to en­gage the di­as­pora a lot more, and only say that those who are born to Bar­ba­dian mothers or fa­thers, or whose mothers and fa­thers are born to Bar­ba­di­ans, can at­tain cit­i­zen­ship. We know that in or­der to en­sure that the fam­ily lines con­tinue and the bonds con­tinue to Bar­ba­dos, you need to ex­tend it a bit fur­ther.”

In­niss, who lived and worked in the area for sev­eral years, told pa­trons the con­tri­bu­tions made to Bar­ba­dos by the var­i­ous Ba­jan or­gan­i­sa­tions and peo­ple liv­ing in the di­as­pora over the years had not gone un­no­ticed.

He also told them they had a right to state their views on what was go­ing on in the coun­try.

He also brought the Bar­ba­di­ans up to speed on what had been go­ing on in the coun­try, es­pe­cially with was “forced” to make the state of the econ­omy. some “firm de­ci­sions”

He said Govern­ment that had not been the “most palat­able but were de­signed to stave off fur­ther abrupt de­te­ri­o­ra­tion in the Bar­ba­dos econ­omy and so­ci­ety. (YB)

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